Sources: Podolski to leave Arsenal
Lukas Podolski is expecting to leave Arsenal in this transfer window and his advisers are assessing "several offers" for the German World Cup winner, sources have told ESPN.
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Podolski's future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation throughout this summer and the 35 million pound signing of Alexis Sanchez appears to be the trigger that will end the forward's time with the north London club.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said that he would be resting his German stars at the start of the season and has repeated played down speculation over 29-year-old, but it is increasingly evident that he does not have a future at the club now.
Podolski completed 90 minutes in the Premier League for Arsenal just five times last season and has admitted that Wenger's decision to persistently substitute him was a source of annoyance.
"Of course you cannot be happy when you always go out after 60, 70 minutes. Of course I am not happy always to be substituted," Podolski told reporters last April. "It's the decision of the boss. It's not always easy when you play for a big club but of course I am not happy to always come out and watch from outside. You cannot be happy with this situation."
The former Bayern Munich and Cologne forward, who won the World Cup with Germany last month, was omitted from Arsenal's squad for the trip to Everton on Saturday, but he still sent a message of support to his Gunners teammates.
I won't be present in person but my thoughts are there with you lads. good luck at the match, go and represent, bring us the 3 points #Poldi- Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) August 23, 2014
Juventus have been linked with a move for Podolski, while he may also choose to return to Germany with Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen both reportedly keen.